Outstanding Mumbai Too Good For Chennai
Mumbai Indians 164-4 (Sharma 87) beat
Chennai Super Kings 156-9 (Badrinath 71no) by 8 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Mumbai
The Mumbai Indians produced an electric display in the field and Rohit Sharma hit a sparkling half-century as they beat reigning Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings by eight runs in front of their home fans.
Sharma played a gem of an innings in making 87 in 48 balls, hitting eight fours and five sixes as Mumbai scored 164 for four before they held Chennai to 156 for nine.
Sharma's innings came after openers Rajagopal Sathish (0) and Sachin Tendulkar (5) had departed early as Chennai, through Albie Morkel and Doug Bollinger, started the stronger.
Sharma first rebuilt the innings with Ambati Rayudu, who made 27, before joining forces with Andrew Symonds (31 not out) to put on 87 for the fourth wicket.
Sharma mixed finesse with brutality and fell in the final over when he was caught in the deep as Bollinger picked up figures of two for 30.
Mumbai knew they had to perform well in the field to stay in the game and they set the standard when a fine delivery from Munaf Patel squared Murali Vijay (12) up and the resulting edge was smartly held by Sharma at slip.
Harbhajan Singh then held an outstanding return catch to get rid of Suresh Raina for five but when Michael Hussey (41) and Subramaniam Badrinath (71 not out) were batting together, Chennai were in a strong position.
Cue another moment of brililance in the field and a diving catch from Kieron Pollard removed Hussey after he was surprised by a Lasith Malinga short ball and from there on in, Mumbai took control.
Harbhajan bamboozled the middle and lower order to return figures of five for 18, Pollard removed Mahendra Singh Dhoni for three, Malinga dismissed compatriot Suraj Randiv for two and although Badrinath hit seven fours and two sixes, facing just 48 balls to do so, he was fighting a lone hand against an inspired Mumbai team.
As a result of this win, Mumbai returned to the top of the table as they registered their fourth win in five matches.
© Cricket World 2011